Book review:Language and Social Relations By Asif Agha

Weda, Sukardi (2015) Book review:Language and Social Relations By Asif Agha. IDEAS "Journal on English Language Teaching and Learning Linguistic and Literature, 3 (2). pp. 110-116. ISSN 2338-4778

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Abstract: The language user in socio-cultural context, specifically for the different cultural background, needs to understand the way of maintaining social interaction among people from those different cultures in social life. Language and Social Relations has many interesting topics which can facilitate people from different cultures to maintain good social relation in various activities, either in the national or international arena. The book provides an in-depth study on the role of language in various domains of social life, including identity, gender, class, kinship, deference, status, hierarchy, and others which allow researchers, lecturers, students, and other scholars to know many valuable information in the language and interdisciplinary' linguistic issues. The aim of the book is to explore a theoretical perspective on the essential social and cultural character of language by methodological and empirical emphasis on language use in its communicative and interactional settings, particularly on the socioculturally grounded “meanings" and “functions" of linguistic forms. The book comprises two interesting topics: “language" and “social relations." Agha in his book’s agenda on the opening page, stating that “language is not simply a tool of social conduct but the effective means by which human beings formulate models of conduct, and models of conduct serve as points of reference for social behavior, even when actual conduct departs from them," (p.i). Language is a means of communication and becomes a basic aspect of human social life interaction. People can only share ideas or feelings through language, either verbally or non verbally. As Agha notes, we cannot understand the variety of social relations enactable in social life without coming to grips with the range of reflexive relationships expressible through speech (p. 17)

Item Type: Article
Subjects: KARYA ILMIAH DOSEN
Universitas Negeri Makassar > KARYA ILMIAH DOSEN
Divisions: KOLEKSI KARYA ILMIAH UPT PERPUSTAKAAN UNM MENURUT FAKULTAS > KARYA ILMIAH DOSEN
KARYA ILMIAH DOSEN
Depositing User: PAK Kepegawaian UNM
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 03:53
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 03:53
URI: http://eprints.unm.ac.id/id/eprint/12208

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